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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ohio River at Ripley, Ohio

Good morning,

This is the Ohio River at Ripley, Ohio.  The river is quite high here now because of the dams constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow for safe river traffic.  But, back in the late 1800's the river level was much lower and this area was a large part of the Underground Railway where run away slaves crossed from Kentucky into Ohio.   
This little town and the area around it also sent many of its sons to the Civil War, including one who later became President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant.
The river side has been made into a lovely park and there is a marina just up river.  Between here and there is a public landing where you can launch your boat into the river.
 This is looking downstream.  This water will flow past Cincinnati, where we live. 

What a lovely scene on one of America's waterways that helped our country develop by providing transportation for people and commerce.

 Enjoy,

Lois

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20 comments:

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

What gorgeous scenery. And to think about the history of the area as you stated with runaway slaves---whoa, I think it would make a good book

HOT TOWN SUMMER IN THE CITY is my link for Thursday's Themesong.

Wanda..... said...

Again thanks for the tour, Lois. For a few years as a child, we lived near the Ohio River on Pike Street, just down from the Taft Museum. I have a photo of my mother and me, with flood waters in the back ground.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Interesting.

On our recent vacation we stopped for two days at Vicksburg. The troops from Ohio did much of the fighting there during the siege. U S Grant led the Army and the Navy had a big role to play there also. I'd never heard much about the Navy's role in the Civil War until recently.

Rose said...

I don't know why but big rivers fascinate me...love these images.

Life 101 said...

Are you on a road trip now? I'm enjoying the photos.

Abraham Lincoln said...

A FRIEND OF MINE...
Opened a bed and breakfast along the Ohio river at in or near Ripley. His name is Zipperian - we called him, "Zip."

Tricia said...

What a beautiful memorial =)

Thanks so much for visiting, your comments always make me smile

TexWisGirl said...

i like the wrought iron fencing against the water...

grammie g said...

Hi Lois...thanks for sharing some history and beauty of the area!!

Mama-Bug said...

What a wonderful place and full of history to boot!

Judith said...

What a wide river. We don't have a lot of rivers here usually they are just dry beds until a heavy rain storm.

Lois Evensen said...

Hi,

There is so much history here in Ohio. All of the places on this road trip are within a day's drive of home in Cincinnati. It's so much fun to explore places near as well as far.

Yogi, we have spent a few days in Vicksburg, too. We love visiting historical sites, especially those linked to the Civil War. Did you see the battleship that was recovered from the river? Fabulous!

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and for your very kind words.

Best,
Lois

missing moments said...

Love river towns. I used to live in Cincinnati, my daughter and grandkids still do!

Karen said...

I'm enjoying the tour Lois :)

Bob Bushell said...

Good photos.

Montanagirl said...

Nice tour, Lois. History is amazing.

Happy Days said...

We will be traveling through Ohio on Friday to Bob's Aunt Chris's funeral in Springfield. We are staying at The Simon Kenton Inn in Springfield, it looks amazing! We are staying in The Cottage. Can't wait to see it. Ohio has so many historical places!!...debbie

Honey at 2805 said...

Interesting tour, Lois. Great images to tell your story!

Elaine said...

Beaufiful photos and interesting history!

VP said...

I know these great men and historical places mostly from books I have read. It is always nice to 'place' some of them with an image!